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SHAPE's Women Who Shape the World: Meet the Top 8 Women Who Care

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Dorothy Hamill: Giving kids a "can-do" attitude
After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Dorothy Hamill inspired girls everywhere to take figure skating lessons. Today she's still getting kids on the ice.

Changing the world: I-Skate
Dorothy Hamill, 54, has partnered with the Physically Challenged Sports Program at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland to create a program called I-Skate. Her dream: Turn children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other disabilities into ice skaters using walkers, sleds, and special skates. "These kids are reminded every day of their physical challenges; it makes such a difference to their self-esteem to see what their bodies are capable of doing," says Dorothy Hamill.

What Dorothy Hamill wants you to know:
Share your strengths. "Maybe you're a gardener or a musician— find a way to use whatever you're good at to help other people."

Dorothy Hamill's stay healthy tip:
Don't look for excuses. "As I get older, it would be easy to use my aches and pains as a reason to skip exercise. But these kids don't use their physical challenges as an excuse to be inactive, so I won't either!"

 

 

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